1. Blutarsky is dead right in mocking Tony Barnhart's assertion that Georgia is lagging in the polls because of their penalties. Georgia is lagging in the polls because it isn't running up big scores on its opponents. While penalties may have a little to do with that, the Dawgs' issues in the red zone are the major reason. Georgia's dominance in yardage over Tennessee didn't translate to the scoreboard because the Dawgs kicked four field goals. 42-14 would have looked a lot better than 26-14. Conversely, imagine that USC would have beaten Ohio State 19-3 or Arizona State 16-0. The Trojans convert yards into touchdowns; the Dawgs convert yards into field goals. The question becomes this: are the red zone issues an endemic flaw of Mark Richt's offenses (I have no stats to prove this, but it does seem like Georgia consistently kicks a lot of field goals) or they are simply a function of an inexperienced offensive line?
2. I'll be interested to see if Tommy Bowden's sacking sets off a chain reaction of coach firings. If I'm making a decision on Phil Fulmer, I don't want to give Clemson a two-month head-start on finding a new coach. That said, Tennessee and Clemson should be looking in different directions. Tennessee's first call should be to Butch Davis, who might take the Tennessee job, but will not take the Clemson job. The ideal hire for Clemson would be Will Muschamp, unless there is something about Muschamp that I'm missing.